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Uber pledges to compensate drivers stuck overseas because of Trump’s executive orders

The company is reaching out to affected drivers

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Following statements from the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft after President Donald Trump’s executive orders restricting travel from seven countries to the United States, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced in a Facebook post that the company is working to identify drivers who might be stuck overseas and has pledged to compensate them while they wait for the restrictions to be lifted.

Kalanick noted that the company has already reached out to a dozen employees who are affected, and urged that any drivers who believe that the order could affect them should get in touch with the company.

“We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table. We will have more details on this in the coming days.”

He stated that he plans to raise this issue directly with President Trump when he heads to Washington, DC on Friday, stating that “allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the US’s policy since its founding,” and that the ban would impact numerous innocent people.

Kalanick joined President Donald Trump’s Strategy and Policy Forum in December, along with other high-profile business leaders, such as Disney CEO Bob Iger, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.


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